OXFORD, Ohio — Five third-period goals led Miami to an electrifying 8-3 victory over Michigan on Friday night at Goggin Ice Arena. Senior forward Derek Edwardson lit up the Wolverines with a hat trick and two assists for a career night of five points, while helping the RedHawks to their first win over Michigan since 1997-98.
The game started off slowly as no one scored until Miami junior Todd Grant netted a power-play marker at 16:34. After several shots on goal, Edwardson fed Grant on the right wing with a pass that was immediately redirected into the upper half of the goal. Assisting on the first goal of the game was sophomore Andy Greene.
Michigan responded a little over a minute later with its first goal, 17:43, to tie the game at 1-1. T.J. Hensick broke through the Red and White defense and slipped the puck past freshman goalie Brandon Crawford-West for a power-play goal.
Another power-play goal found the back of the cage before the end of the period, this time off the stick of Edwardson, giving Miami a 2-1 lead entering the intermission. Edwardson came right back in the second period, stole the puck from Michigan’s power-play unit, and skated in untouched for a shorthanded opportunity. A quick shot from the right wing found the five-hole of Michigan goalie Al Montoya, giving the RedHawks a 3-1 lead.
Michigan’s David Rohlfs recorded an unassisted marker of his own at 16:41 in the second period to narrow the gap. Rohlfs gathered in an unsuccessful wrap by a Miami defenseman and surprised the RedHawk goalie with a quick wrist shot from the baseline. The goal was Rohlfs’ first of the season.
Holding on to a one-goal lead entering the final 20 minutes, the RedHawks opened up the scoring with five unanswered goals. Senior forward Mike Kompon scored a power-play goal only 20 seconds into the period, and was quickly followed by an even-strength goal from classmate Greg Hogeboom.
Freshman Marty Guerin got in on the fun at 5:50 when he netted his first career goal against Montoya. Guerin’s goal was the last shot that Montoya would face, as he was pulled after allowing six goals in favor of backup netminder Noah Ruden. Assisting on Guerin’s goal was Edwardson, his fourth point.
At 8:23, sophomore Chris Michael scooped up an errant rebound off Ruden’s pads in the faceoff circle and ripped a shot to give Miami a 7-2 lead.
Edwardson completed his second career hat trick at 10:22 in the final frame. Miami fans promptly tossed their hats on the ice, probably without realizing that Edwardson’s goal also marked the first time in the history of the Miami-Michigan series that the RedHawks scored eight goals in a game. In fact, the RedHawks had scored eight goals combined in the last four games against Michigan.
Michigan’s Jeff Tambellini added a goal at 15:31 to bring the game to its final tally, 8-3.
Despite being outshot in the contest, 35-32, the Miami power-play unit picked up the slack by going 4-for-5, compared to Michigan’s 1-for-10 evening.
In his first collegiate start between the pipes, Crawford-West was quite spectacular, stopping 32 shots. The freshman netminder stopped 11 and 13 shots, respectively, in the first two periods.
The win marks the first time in head coach Enrico Blasi’s career that he has beaten the Wolverines.
Miami and Michigan wrap up the series Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. in Goggin Ice Arena.